Fall 2020 Health and Safety Plan for Returning to Campus

University-Related Travel

Revised August 10, 2020

International Travel

The University's Travel Advisory Committee (TAC) is reviewing all University-sponsored international travel, per University policy. As of July 2020, the U.S. Department of State has a Level 4 Global Travel Advisory in place, recommending U.S. citizens avoid all non-essential international travel. The TAC will continue reviewing travel conditions and recommendations on a monthly basis and release relevant guidance to the University community. There may be certain restrictions on U.S. citizens entering foreign countries.

As University-sponsored international travel resumes, Arcadia will:

  • Educate travelers about potential exposure, high-risk activities, and risk-reduction measures before departure.
  • Remind travelers that they may be screened for COVID-19 at airports in the U.S. and worldwide. When entry screening is conducted, travelers may be checked for fever and other symptoms, and this may result in travel delays. Travelers may visit the website of the U.S. embassy, consulate, or diplomatic mission for more information about screening procedures in foreign countries.
  • Communicate with parents and families of students who are participating in study abroad/research programs sponsored by the University, and encourage parents and families to advise their students to use good judgment and to take precautions against COVID-19 in the country where they will be studying and living, as well as in any countries to which they may travel.
  • Provide all travelers with:
    • A fact sheet on travel-associated illness, including:
      • The symptoms of COVID-19
      • Ways to reduce the risk of getting and spreading COVID-19
    • A self-screening tool to complete upon return to the U.S., including:
      • Questions that prompt the traveler to check daily for any symptoms of COVID-like illness, as described above
    • Information about other restrictions, as appropriate. Specific guidance will be provided; as discussed above in the section pertaining to Compliance, it is expected that all travelers adhere to those guidelines, such as self-monitoring their health for 14 days after travel and contacting their health care provider, HR (employees), or SHS (students) in the event of symptoms.

Domestic Travel

These Guidelines apply to all University employees (faculty and staff) and students. 

  • All non-essential domestic travel, including local travel (e.g., Philadelphia, Montgomery County, Southern New Jersey), by faculty and staff for University Business-related reasons, is prohibited unless approved by that faculty or staff member's Vice President, or the Vice President's designee. 

  • Non-academic travel by students related to student activities must be approved by the Dean of Students; academic-related travel must be approved by the Provost or the Provost's designee.

  • Any person living, learning, or working on campus who undertakes domestic travel, whether for University-related or personal reasons, must follow Pennsylvania state recommendations pertaining to quarantine upon return from "hotspots" listed on the Pennsylvania Department of Health website (or for whichever state they reside in and are returning to).

  • For all approved travel, travelers must follow whatever travel restrictions and safety guidelines are in place in the destination, including related to transportation (e.g., public transit, taxis, or rideshares), distancing, masks, and size restrictions on public and private gatherings.

  • Requests for exceptions to these Guidelines will be reviewed by the Provost and the Chief Financial Officer on a case-by-case basis.

  • Failure to comply with these Guidelines or other related University policies and directives may result in disciplinary action pursuant to the Student Code of Conduct, Faculty Handbook, or Progressive Discipline Policy, as appropriate.


International Students

The Office ofInternational Programs is in regular contact with international students with F visas and continues to monitor restrictions between home countries and the U.S. International students residing in the U.S. have been advised not to leave the country, as they have no assured re-entry back into the U.S. has restricted entry for immigrants and non-immigrants who have been physically present in the two weeks prior to coming from China, the U.K., Iran, Republic of Ireland, Brazil, and the 26 Schengen countries in Europe. These restrictions do not, generally, apply to U.S. nationals or U.S. residents. If entering the U.S. from Canada or Mexico via land entry points, students should be admissible; however, it is unclear whether border agents will permit students to enter if their University offers predominantly online instruction.

On July 6, the U.S. government announced new restrictions for F1 visa holders in the U.S.; these students are not permitted to take all classes online in the fall semester. Students who left the U.S. and intended to stay abroad in the fall semester can continue to be enrolled at Arcadia and are not subject to these same restrictions. OIP is working with students and faculty to ensure compliance and maintenance of active status in the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVIS). Arcadia will be All-Modes Ready, and the University plans to have a portion of fall courses in person. Any students with questions should email oip@arcadia.edu for additional assistance.